Designing a Dream Kitchen – Settling is No Longer an Option

The house hunting process is an exciting one, but it can mean focusing on the big picture and making compromises along the way. The remodel process, on the other hand, is your opportunity to shine and make every detail - big and small - into a beautiful reality in your dream home.

A modern, transitional kitchen design with white painted frameless (Full-Access) cabinetry contrasted by dark wood floors.

For most of us, our home is the biggest investment we make in our lifetime, and that can make the remodeling process an intimidating one. This homeowner knew that even though there are many steps in the journey of creating a dream kitchen, the most important first step is to work with a professional that you can communicate with freely and confidently, and bring your ideas and dreams to life.  Chris Chidester from The Cabinet Center, San Ramon, CA was the designer that worked closely with her to make this beautiful kitchen a reality.

As a professional, it’s not unusual to work with clients who may not know the technical language to describe their vision. After studying her inspiration photos and discussing the design details, Chidester created a stunning design that is incredibly functional and also beautifully detailed.  Each cabinet is framed with a 1.5” spacer to create furniture-like detail. 

Close up of frameless (full-access) cabinets with an inset cabinetry look in a white painted kitchen remodel.

Although the project was far from over, the client and Chris knew they were off to a great start, and by working together they had generated serious momentum to creating her dream kitchen.

She fell in love with Chris’s next designs, and from there they were able to add many more amazing features to her kitchen – including a custom pantry and a breakfast nook with bench seating to put every square inch of space to work in just the way his client imagined.

A classic white kitchen design with a boot bench corner creating a breakfast nook dining space within the kitchen design.

Whit and gray kitchen remodel with a beautiful kitchen sink window view and white kitchen island.

Close up of the breakfast nook dining space with banquette styled boot bench seating, a glass top circle table and modern white and gray seating.

 “This is why I love what I do,” explained Chris, “It’s an amazing feeling to hear back from her. I’m so happy to hear she’s still loving her kitchen and looking forward to loving her ‘dream’ kitchen for many more years to come!”

A beautifully designed California kitchen remodel with white painted kitchen cabinets, black countertops, dark wood cloors and a stunning white painted kitchen island.

In the end she was absolutely overjoyed to see her dream kitchen come out of her imagination and into her home so she could enjoy it every day, along with family and friends.


Design by: Chris Chidester at The Cabinet Center, San Ramon, CA. Learn more at:

Cabinetry: Dura Supreme’s Bria Cabinetry shown in the Craftsman Panel door style with the "Classic White" painted finish.

Photography by: Patrik Argast 

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